Island of Korcula

The island of Korcula is believed to be the birthplace of the famous world explorer Marco Polo. Rich in picturesque little villages, lush vineyards and olive groves, and idyllic quiet coves and scenic bays, Korcula is a Croatian island that you very much need to discover for yourself. The 6th largest Adriatic island stretches out over 47km in length and boasts dense and dark pine forests and sun-bleached sandy beaches. The original Greek settlers on the island of Korcula named this beauty spot Korkyra Melaina (meaning black Corfu).

The heart of Korcula is its small and fortified Old Town, which was once ruled by the Venetians. The outer defensive walls of the town serve as a promenade, and offer breathtaking views of the Pelješac peninsula. Korcula Town is steeped in history, heritage and tradition. It’s not unusual to discover the sight of ancient religious ceremonies, folk music performances and colourful dances taking place on the streets. Take a wander along the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the ingenious layout of the fish bone patterned streets in the medieval town.

The vineyards that are studded all over Korcula cultivate the indigenous grape pošip, which is widely used to make the best wines in Croatia. Join a wine tasting tour to sample the high quality wines, and learn about the island’s winemaking tradition. On guided tours, day trips and expeditions, you can easily explore charming villages, little towns and neighbouring islands. Visit Vela Luka to admire the stunning natural attraction of Vela Spila. Sail away to secluded coves, where you can sunbathe and swim in privacy. Or hop aboard the ferry for a return trip to Brac, Hvar, Mljet, Solta or Vis. On your exciting Croatia cruise adventure you will discover why Korcula is one of the most popular south Dalmatia destinations.